SpringSoft, Vennsa Technologies Join Forces to Increase Verification Productivity with Interoperable Chip Debug and Analysis Solutions

VIA Platform Enables Seamless Interoperability Between Verdi Automated Debug, OnPoint Root Cause Analysis that Slashes Debug Cycles

HSINCHU, Taiwan & TORONTO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 18, 2011SpringSoft, Inc., a global supplier of specialized IC design software, and Vennsa Technologies Inc., supplier of automated failure analysis and error localization tools, today announced seamless interoperability between SpringSoft’s Verdi Automated Debug System and Vennsa’s OnPoint Root Cause Analysis. Enabled by the SpringSoft Verdi Interoperability App (VIA) platform, the integrated solution allows engineers to increase verification productivity and dramatically slash the chip debug burden.

“Error localization and debugging consume more than 60% of the verification effort,” remarks Andreas Veneris, president and chief executive officer of Vennsa Technologies, a member of the SpringSoft Harmony Partner Program. “Verdi is the de facto standard debugger and a verification engineer’s tool of choice. Tight integration between OnPoint and Verdi using SpringSoft’s VIA platform provides the user community with the best solution for failure analysis that OnPoint offers coupled with the powerful visualization environment of Verdi.”

As an integrated ecosystem, the Verdi and OnPoint products offer design and verification engineers a unified push-button flow for functional debugging, root cause analysis and design navigation. The Verdi system helps users navigate the design and verification environment to efficiently understand its intricacies, while OnPoint performs automated post-failure analysis of verification errors and localizes the source of errors with no user interference. Combining the strengths of both tools is a natural progression and the next step forward in the debugging domain.

Comments Thomas Li, director of product marketing at SpringSoft: “Automated root cause analysis solution is a new and complementary approach to debug. OnPoint’s strength is in reasoning about failures and identifying the real culprits of errors. By allowing engineers to access OnPoint within the Verdi environment, they now have another tool to help contain the immense burden of debugging complex designs.”

An Integrated Approach

Verdi-OnPoint integration provides a single flow for root cause analysis and visualization, which previously were disconnected and disparate tasks. Engineers run simulation tests as usual and generate value dump files into the Verdi FSDB (fast signal database) for failures they want to debug. OnPoint automatically reads in all the appropriate files and settings needed from the Verdi system and FSDB file to perform its unique reasoning and automated root cause analysis. The output of OnPoint is a set of suspects, or lines in the source code, that the engineer can change in order to fix the failure.

When engineers are ready to view the results, OnPoint’s suspect viewer showing the root cause of the failures is invoked in the debugging environment. The Verdi source code viewer (nTrace), schematic view (nSchema), and waveform viewer (nWave) are synchronized with OnPoint’s suspects. When considering one of OnPoint’s suspects, all of the Verdi views, features and related information are automatically presented to engineers in the familiar, intuitive fashion. This integrated approach creates a robust debug and route cause analysis platform that enables engineers to see OnPoint results and quickly make the fixes required to rectify failures. Engineers can expect a considerable boost in debug efficiency as they spend significantly less time and effort trying to understand why failures occur.


The integrated Verdi and OnPoint platform is available today and will be demonstrated publicly for the first time during the Springsoft Community Conference on Thursday, October 20th at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California. For more information, visit: www.springsoft.com/news-events/events/scc-2011.

To learn more about the Verdi-OnPoint integration, contact Vennsa Technologies: Email Contact.

About SpringSoft

SpringSoft, Inc. (TAIEX: 2473) is a global supplier of specialized automation technologies that accelerate engineers during the design, verification and debug of complex digital, analog and mixed-signal ICs, ASICs, microprocessors, and SoCs. Its award-winning product portfolio features the Novas Functional Closure and Laker Custom IC Design solutions used by more than 400 of today’s leading IDM and fabless semiconductor companies, foundries, and electronic systems OEMs. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, SpringSoft is the largest company in Asia specializing in IC design software and a recognized industry leader in customer service with more than 400 employees located in multiple R&D sites and local support offices around the world. For more information, visit www.springsoft.com.

About Vennsa

Vennsa Technologies Inc. is dedicated to the automation of debugging and error localization. Its breakthrough OnPoint™ tool is the industry’s only automated debugging software that localizes the source of functional errors without any user guidance. When failures occur, OnPoint performs root cause analysis to quickly identify the source of errors and provides error fixes so the user can remove the bugs. Vennsa is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with dedicated sales and support teams in the United States and in Japan. Telephone: (408) 400-3708. Email: Email Contact . Website: www.vennsa.com .

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